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What is THCP? Legal, Benefits and Side Effects - Everything You Need To Know

Updated: Jan 31

Many people are familiar with delta-9 THC, the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It has held the position as the most psychoactive compound found in the plant for a long time. However, a new THC variant has claimed that position. It is TCHP. In 2019, researchers discovered more cannabinoids in the cannabis sativa plant. Among the cannabinoids discovered, is THCP. THCP has taken center stage and has created an exciting buzz in the cannabis and wellness community, due to its jaw-dropping psychotropic potency. Evidence suggests it has a more pronounced impact than THC itself, making it ideal for people who require high levels of THC for their care or experienced recreational users wanting heightened effects.

Key Takeaways About THCP

  • Upon its discovery in 2019, THCP is recognized for its immense affinity for binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors, its potency and its potential medical applications.

  • THCP has a similar chemical make up to THC, but it has a unique string of seven carbon atoms that complete its structure compared to THC string of five carbon atoms. This difference accounts for the effects of its interaction with the Endocannabinoid System(ECS).

  • The production of THCP involve complex processes of altering cannabinoids extracted from legal hemp plants. This process is necessary because THCP occurs only in trace amounts in the cannabis sativa plant(not enough to extract and isolate in generous amounts).

  • THCP's effects are said to be more pronounced, resulting in a stronger, more intense euphoric feeling, using smaller doses.

  • Data on THCP is limited as it is still in its primary stages of study, so all of its potentials, benefits, and side effect are unknown.

What Is THCP?

TCHP, also known as Delta-9-tetrahdrocannabiphorol, is one of 120 plus cannabinoids found to date, with many more potentially awaiting discovery. It occurs naturally in cannabis sativa plants in very low concentrations and manufacturers would need to process massive quantities just to get one bottle of THCP isolate. Therefore it is produce by altering cannabinoids extracted from legal hemp plants. THCP is said to bind to your receptors up to 33 times more effectively than THC, thus rendering more potent brain and body effect. This is due to its unique alkyl side chain. This string of carbon atoms make up THCP and has seven carbons compared with five for the traditional THC. This allows cannabinoid receptors in the body to be attached more securely. Therefore, it is easier for the THCP to affect different functions governed through the Endocannabinoid System(ECS) as less is required compared to the amount of THC needed to have the same effect.

Benefits of THCP

Once TCHP was discovered in the later part of 2019, researcher became curious about its medical relevance and it potency. Data collected by researchers suggests that THCP's immense affinity for binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors may be the answer to its medical applications as CB1 receptors regulate stress, pain relief, anxiety, happiness and mood, while CB2 receptors are known for helping our immune response to pathogens, pain, and modulate inflammation.  It will take more research before we truly understand its medicinal benefits or therapeutic potential. Despite limited research, evidence and potential medical applications are promising.

Side Effects of THCP

As THCP has been tested and found to be 33 times more effective in binding with receptors, its effect and benefits sparked researchers' curiosity. Even though more studies need to be conducted, thus far, researchers found that THCP effects the human body in ways such as, induced hypomotility, analgesia, and decreased temperature in the rectum. Consuming excessive amounts of THCP may have unfavorable side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth and lethargy so one should consume responsibly. As THCP has the cannabis and wellness community excited because it is a fascinating addition to the ever-expanding cannabinoid family, it is important to remember that the data on it is limited. Since all of the benefits and risks have not been well studied as yet, be mindful of the quality and potency of the TCHP products you consume. If you are interested in trying THCp, you can find Royal Remedies THCp gummies by clicking this link.


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